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Official: Vikings-Giants the worst MNF matchup ever

Gruden Football Checks

Gulf High School football coach Jason Messamore, left, and players meet former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football coach Jon Gruden, center, at a restaurant on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla., where Gruden handed out three checks, worth $5,000 each, to Gulf, Leto and Gibbs’ football programs in conjunction with his organization, the Fired Football Coaches Association. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Douglas R. Clifford) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT


When ESPN extended its deal with the NFL for the broadcast rights to Monday Night Football through 2021, they agreed to pay the league $1.8 billion, or $105 million per game.

This week, that’s $105 million per win between the combatants, the Vikings and the Giants.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the combined .090 winning percentage of the 1-4 Vikings and 0-6 Giants is officially the worst such record this late in the season in the 44-year history of MNF.

Granted, bad teams can play memorable football — so long as your definition of memorable is flexible. And having a major market team in the middle of a train-wreck season, along with the debut of Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman, should make it a little interesting.

But this is not what anyone at the network would consider a good return on investment.